THE Fall of Eiucifer, AND THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST, ZION WARD, 8n a Utttev to a Jfrieirti. Price Twopence. Printed for the Author, by J. SHERRING, 42, Castle-Street, Bristol. * .. -.. BRISTOL, July, 1836, Year lit It. To Mr. William Sick, of Glasgow. Dear Brother, I received your very kind letter, dated June 20, which would have been answered sooner, but for the multiplicity of busi- ness, and being ill, I find it impossible to do what I could wish, but am happy to say I feel much recovered as to bodily health, though still experiencing the effects of the paralytic attack, which I appre- hend will ever remain, so that I can only dictate my letters, and am thankful for that, though attended with expence. 1 thank you for what yon sent me, 1 mean the check on the post-office ; it was all right. Now I am going to send you something alarming, — so alarming, that all the pious people will run away when they hear it; at least they will be much startled. You say in yonr's, that you are asto- nished how error can take the lead Oi* truth ; it is a mystery to you, you say. Well, it shall not be so long, for in the revelation of the truth error must take the lead, Satan must go before, and pave the way for Christ, for without evil good could not exist, — -the experience of one is as necessary as the experience of the other. Now read the fol- lowing Scripture, " And that he might reconcile both in one br by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby, and came and preacaed peace to you that were afar off, and to them that were nigh." — 8 ^ Ephes. 2nd Chap* J6 and 17 verses. But read particularly from the 10th verse to the end. Now you know there was always an enmity between the Lord and Satan, (at least it appears so from the Lord's words,) for he always spoke against Satan, Satan was always too rough a stone to put in the Lord's building, so that all the builders spake against him and rejected him, and cast him out. But will it not be wonderful if we now prove that the same rejected stone is be- come the head of the corner! Oh ! some will exclaim, (starting like the frightened horse, their piety being shocked,) oh ! it is Christ that is meant there, — he is the corner stone. Oh 1 yes, for certain, you know all about it ; to you we will come for instruction about Christ. Satan is a bad character in your view, it would shock your modesty to have any thing to do with him, and because God has spoken against him, that you too must rail, in order to prove yourselves good; upon my woid, you are very unlike Michael, who, w r hen contending with the devil, disputing about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation. No, (for a good reason, which I will tell you by and by,) but said, «' The Lord rebuke thee." But' you and other very pious persons have such an implacable enmity against Satan, that you speak evil of those things ye know 7 not. But come, let us see if the sword of the Spirit will be sharp enough to slay the enmi- ty ; I think it will, for it has two edges, one to cut down the powers of darkness, and the other to establish the truth. " Two swords are enough," the Lord said; yes, yes, they will do the business. Now, I ask you, do you know who the devil is ? No, nor do I wish, some will answer, for all bad works are attributed to him, they not knowing his real character, as that God and him were to become friends in the latter day, and that both would be reconciled in one body by the cross, and that the enmity which was in your mind against the devil should be slain and pass away. Now the devil is God's eldest son, his first bom, of whom mention is made in the Scriptures, thus, (now don't be frightened at the disclosure,) " Ephraim, my dear son, a pleasant child, for since I spake against him I do earnestly remember him still." Now you know the Lord always spake against Satan. " Therefore my bowels are troubled for him." Ah ! because of the sufferings he had now to endure, for it was he that was the author of sin, and it is he must atone for it. " I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the Lord," but I must punish him to bring him to obedience; he must bear the sins of all upon him, for it is just that the author of sin should bear the punishment due to it, and I cannot be reconciled'to him, nor he to me, 'till he pays the debt due to my justice, but '* Oh ! Ephraim, how shall I give thee up" to the de- stroying sword ? for I must speak against him, and my words will be like swords in him, for he was with me in Heaven as a dear son, but he got too familiar with me, and pride ruined him, and made him a goat ; I must cast him down, and must condemn him, but my bowels yearn for him, and I will surely have mercy upon him, saith the Lord. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, the morning sun, my first born, my first created, the womb of the morning ! Now behold him bearing his cross. See Levit. 16 chap. **■ And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat,, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, in all their sins putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him- ©way by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness. And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited, and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness. And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall put off the linen gar- ments he put on when he went into the holy (not place), and shall leave them there. And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy, and put on his garment, and come forth and offer his burnt offering, and the burnt offering of the people, and make an atonement for himself, and for the people. " — Read the rest of the chapter. Now here you see the devil in the goat offered up as a sacrifice for sin, and .surely this was just, for he was the author of sin, and it is he that must pay the debt. How then can the commentators say that it is Christ .that made an atonement for sin ? But they are obliged to tell us that the goat is an emblem of the wicked, and the sheep is an emblem of the righteous, as jt is written, " I will set the sheep on the right hand, and the goats on the left. ,? More need not besaid to prove the point. It was the idevil then that suffered for sin, that made an at-one-ment, that paid the debt .that was due. What had Christ to do with making an at-one-ment ? ,God and him were never at variance, for u ELe did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth;" then what had he to do with making an atonement, or, more correctly, an at-one-ment ? Were they ever two, I want to know r , or when was the difference between them ? Never. But Satan was an adversary, and there was an enmity between God and him; there was a middle wall of partition between them, which all the preachers of the Gos- pel, so called, could never throw down, nor show how it was to ba done. Then to what end was their preaching? as by it we could never see to the end of that which was to be abolished, but now we see the end, Satan, the goat, bearing his cross, and bearing away the ini- quities, " Into a land not inhabited, into the wilderness^ a land of deserts and of pits, a land of draught and of the shadow of death, to a land that 110 man passed through, and where no man dwelt/' Jere- miah, 2nd chap.. 6 verse. A strange country, indeed, where never had been imprinted the foot of man. I think it must have been the Land of Nod, where ran the river of Oblivion, where all things are forgotten, — it was damnation, — it was hell, where prosperity was for- gotten for ever, where the door of mercy was closed, to be opened no more for ever, where God appeared as an enemy, where the wrath of 'God drank up the spirit of the fugitive, where despair shut out hope continually. This was the Tophet that was ordained of old for the king alone, that is, King Satan; it was now made deep and large, the pile thereof was fire, and much wood ; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, kindled it. Thus was the goat led away into the wilderness ; he was lost, the rejected of God, of angels, and of men, as it is written, " None is lost but the son of perdition, that the Scriptures might be fulfilled." N. B. He was led into the wilderness by a man of opportunity, by the hand of a fit man, that is, by that portion or degree of the wisdom of God, that was needful to be made use of, for this opportunity, .which was to hold the sufferer in blindness, that he should not see, 4 but that he should imagine that God had entirely forsaken him. He gave him a miscarrying womb, and dry breasts, — see Isa. 6th chapter, Oth and following verses. " And he said, go and tell this people, Jiear ye indeed, but understand not, and see ye indeed, but perceive uot. Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and be converted, and be healed. Then said I, Lord, how long? and he answered, 'till the ci- ties be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate, and the Lord have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land. But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten as a teil-tree, and as an oak whose substance is in them, when they cast their leaves, so the holy seed shall be the substance thereof." Now here was Pharoah, whose heart the Lord hardened, but the people not knowing' who Pharoah was, found fault with God for hardening his heart ; but Satan was a man of sin. God did not punish Pharoah as a tyrant would punish an innocent man, but he was obliged to punish him and abase him, that thereby he might be reclaimed, and converted, and then become the Lord Jesus Christ, lie was cursed above every living" creature, and now 7 his blessing exceeds every man, because he humbled himself, therefore he is now exalted to the pos- session and enjoyment of more than he had before, for at first he was the chief angel in Heaven, which the preachers cannot deny, but now having humbled himself, he is become the Son of the Right Hand; now the younger son, the second child, the first exalted, so the last is first, and the first is last, the beginning and the end, so the holy seed is the substance thereof. u \ will surely have mercy upon him, saith the Lord," What ! do you think the Lord would have no mercy on his eldest son ? Did you imagine he would crush him for ever ? who was once with God in Heaven, a glorious angel, and enjoying all the happiness of a beloved child ; but he sold his birthright, and had to go down to the valley of humiliation, as w r e have been describing. Yes, be assured that God can find a way that his banished might not be expelled from him ; although in his humiliation he became like water that is spilled on the ground, that could never be gathered up sigain, yet Infinite Wisdom found out a way for his recovery. So after all it was Christ that suffered, he suffered in his flesh, (Satan) and ceased from sin ; for Satan is Christ's flesh, so that he that was the Devil, being restored at last, after suffering and enduring his curse, is made both Lord and Christ. '* Wonder O Heavens, and be astonished O Earth, for this is the Lord's doings, and it is marvellous in our eyes'," for Messiah has two natures, by one he is the Devil, and guilty of blasphemy against God, and his other nature is Christ when purified, made white and tried. The evil nature is represented by the goat in the text, and the purified human nature niade divine, is represented by Aaron ; for in the 24th verse of the 16th Chap. Livit. you see Aaron making atonement for him- self and for the people, shewing', that as Adxon was a type of Christ, Christ is a human iWihg made diviu'e, and needed an atonement; afs well as the people, that is, that he needed to use means for his own reconcilement to God, as well as for the people. Perfectly agreeable to this is the 7th chap. Heb. 27th v. where it is said that Christ offered up sacrifice for himself, (for his own sins,) and for the sins of the people ; this he did once when he offered up himself. Now it is very clear how Satan and the Lord are reconciled in one body by the cross, and the enmity slain, and the middle wall of partition broken down ; where is now the enmity that was between the Lord and Satan ? Verily it is no more, nor have you any enmity now, you have done with railing against Satan now, your tongues are silent, you bring no railing accusation against him, you see that the Lord has rebuked him, and you too* have cursed him, and he has borne the curse that you have laid upon him, for all the followers of J. S. signed against Satan, but it was hid from them who Satan was, or they never would have laid their curse upon him had they known that when he endured the curse, he was to be the Son of God, Jesus Christ the Righteous, for the righteous man is not a man that did no iniquity, but is the man that does iniquity, and then makes a recon- ciliation for it ; he is the righteous man, he is the just and holy man, he is righteous, because he did right, he is just, because he gave to the law its just demands, that is, his own life, and he is holy, because he is risen again into holy life, and made a Priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedec. Such is Jesus, who was blinded by sin, who was God's blind servant, of whom it is written " Who is blind but my servant, or deaf as my messenger that I send, who is blind as him that is perfect, or who is blind as the Lord's Servant, seeing many things but thou observes! not, opening the ears but he heareth not," that is, that he is designed of God to open men's ears to the truth, but he is at first blind that he could not see, and so deaf that he could not hear ; the blind spirit leads the blind servant, and both fell into the ditch, or into hell : yet it is said that the Lord is well pleased for his righteousness sake ; yes, the Lord was well pleased with him, when he cast off his blindness, and repented of it; God his Father then told him, that because he had repented, that he should now magnify the law and make it honourable, for, said he, €t thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased," and Jesus answers, as you read in the 12th Chapter of Isaiah, " O Lord, I will praise thee, though thou wast angry with me, yet now thy anger is turned away, and thou comfortest me." Yes, God was angry witli him for his disobedience, which made him the devil, for it is said that " God is angry with the wicked every day," but now he had learned obedience by the things that he had suffered ; for by his obedience he made an at-one-ment. God and he are now friends, they are as one, they are no more at variance, there is no enmity between them, the enmity being slain. Peace therefore is made for all men, as it is written, •' For he is our peace, who hath made both One, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us, having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances, for to make in himself, of twain, One new man, so making peace, and that he might reconcile both (unto God) in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby, and came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh, for through him we both have an access by one Spirit unto the Father.*' Now see Gen. 3 chap. 15 and following verses,— '* I will put enmity betw r een thee and the woman, (or between thee and the man-woman,) and between thy seed and her seed, it shall braise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel." The carnal mind, which is enmity against God, this had dominion over the Lord's flesh at the first, and bruised his heel, (or in other words) destroyed his life ; but he got the dominion at last, and bruised the serpent's head, or in other words, destroyed his power. <|L^ Now read for yourself the 35th Chap, of Numbers, beginning at the 9th v, to the end. — Now remember, we are come into the Land of Canaan, we are passed over Jordan, and are come into the Land of Promise, that is the kingdom of Christ, and now cities of refuge are appointed for the man slayers, that is, he that killeth a man igno- rant!}', or unawares, should flee thither. And what are these cities of refuge ? The Scriptures inform us, see the following : Ps. 9th, 9 v. *' Tha Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in the times of trouble/' Again, 46th, 1 verse, — -" God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."— Again, 48th, 2 and 3 verses, — " Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth is Mount Sion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great king. God is known in her palaces for a refuge." Then the Lord is the city of refuge for the man-slayers that slew a man, "hating him not aforetime, that had no enmity against him when he slew him, but slew him as it were by accident. Now when Zion was visited, and the Lord bought him that he should be the Lord's purchased possession, the Lord bought him over to his side, or, in other words, allured him by promises until he became God's own ; but Zion fell from this state, and denied the Lord, not knowing that it was the Lord God of Israel that visited him ; he de- nied the Lord, and brought on himself swift destruction : thus he slew a man unwittingly, therefore it was not Zion that did it, but sin that dwelt in him, for Zion was blinded, and in his blindness he judged the Lord to be a devil (an evil spirit) who would lead him astray, and therefore he blasphemed the Lord, rejected, and denied him ; but do- ing it ignorantly in unbelief, in blindness, he obtained mercy, he was allowed to fly to the city of refuge. And what is the city of refuge ? Perhaps you cannot conceive what it means, for it hath not entered into the heart of man to conceive it : it it this, that the man-slayer is become the Lord himself, the Son of God ; in this way the Lord is his city of refuge, therefore it is written, (i The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run therein, and are safe;" so Zion is clothed upon with his house which is from heaven, even the name of the Lord ; and now you may say, " Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." So here is the man-slayer, that r:\ew the man unwittingly, for though he slew him, or denied the Lord, it was not designedly done, but he 4ui it in zeal for the Lord, but did hoi know the right hand from the left, therefore is he now safe in the city of refuge, for when he found it was the Lord whom he denied, sorrow overwhelmed his soul, and he said, "' I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt;" or, like the Centurion, when his rocky heart was rent asunder, when the dark grave of the mind was open to conviction, and the light from Heaven shone in upon it, to light the midnight hour, when the vail of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom, that means, when the vail that w T as on his heart was taken away, and he was suddenly enlightened, with utter astonishment cried out, " Surely this was a righteous man." And all the people that came together to see that sight, beholding the things that were done, smote their breasts, and returned. Now the Centurion stands for Zion, for the circumstance recorded in the 23rd chap. Luke, is all an invisible work, not clone outwardly, but inwardly, really done in the spirit ; the man was slain, and the Centurion never imagined that he should # rise again, that is, Zion thought that he had slain his eternal life, and that life was now fled without the possibility of recovering it any more : what must have been his agony when he saw that he had eternal life, but he let it slip. A despair deeper than the shades of the midnight gloom seized his soul, (for it was now the sixth hour, and it continued 'till the ninth, which was the hour of prayer,) and a phrenzy beyond madness came upon him, (like as on Esau, when he sold his birthright and his blessing,) he roared out unto God, avenge me of my adversary, avenge me of the murderer sin, (Satan) Oh ! now let the murderer die, for I am the sufferer through him, it was he that made me iday my precious life, and now, O God, justice I demand of thee, I de- mand of thee, the ruin of Satan and his empire, the total destruction of him and his hierarchy. Thus in an agony did Zion demand the death of sin, or Satan, with bitter tears, more bitter than wormwood and gall, did he make supplication, he came boldly to the throne of grace, not thinking for a moment that he should obtain the promised grace, but in the twinkling of an eye the Comforter appeared. This was the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man ; that is, he saw the Scripture fulfilled in himself. Now it was the last trump, for the trumpet sounded, and a joyful trumpet it was, for it said ( *}. Awake and sing ye that dwell in the dust, i. e. in darkness, for thy dew is as the dew of herbs." And now Zion (the earth) thou shalt cast out thy dead, — that is, thou shalt cast out sin or Satan; there- fore Satan is cast out, and the Lord appeared. Here are the' two characters mentioned in the 35th Chap, of Num- bers, first the slayer that killeth a man at unawares, or as the Hebrew reads it, by error, a city of refuge was appointed for him, that he should fly thither from the avenger, (a guilty conscience J 'till he should stand before the congregation in judgment, Now the congre- gation means the word of God that was scattered abroad without judgment, in fragments here and there, and never could be reconciled, or gathered up by any man ; but now the Word of God is gathered up, and nothing is lost. And the assembling together of the nume- rous truths, and fulfilling them all in One Person, is called the conare- 8 gation. All the truths of the Bible are congregated together here in Zion, fulfilling what is written, " That in the dispensation of the fullness of time, he might gather together in one, all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and in earth, even in him (Zion) that both things that are of God, and things that are of man, that all should be fulfilled, even in him. So Zion now stands before the congrega- tion in judgment, nothing can hurt him, because he stands in his city of refuge, that is the Lord ; he has obeyed that command, " Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ," he puts him on, and stands in him, yea is become the Lord, he is the dead with Christ, and no law has power over a dead man, for he that is dead is free from sin. Now let us look at the other character, namely the Murderer, which is Satan or Sin. " The murderer shall surely be put to death." See the 18th verse. Now see Romans, 5th chap, and 12th verse. ie Wherefore as by one man sin entered into the world," and that one man is Adam, or Zion, he is that one man, and also the world, whom God counts the world, as it is written in John, 1st chap, and 10 ver. "He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not, 5 ' meaning that God was in Zion, and Zion was made by him, and Zion knew him not, (God's meaning is different from man's ) The world, the flesh, and the devil, are synonimous terms, and they agree in one. Zion is called the world, the flesh, and the devil, while he stood in disobedience and in darkness. So that death entered into the world, (not the death of the body, that is not meant, it is the death of the soul, the eternal death,) this is the death that by sin entered into the world, so that death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned, — i. e. all are guilty of sin, all are serving- Satan, but they did not know it ; so deceitful is sin, that they thought it was God they were serving; instead of that, it was their own wisdom, and that is an abomination before God, because man's wisdom is Satan, the adversary, but the wisdom of God is Christ, the Son,, that emanates from the Great Eternal. Satan is a spirit, the spirit of error, the spirit of corrupt nature, the defilement, the spirit that blinds man, the spirit that rules in the children of disobedience. While this spirit therefore rules in a man, he walks in darkness, but thinks he is in the light, he understands the Scriptures all in the let- ter, for he is under the influence of the carnal mind, which is enmity against God ; he is not subject to the holy law of God, which is spi- ritual. He believes that Christ was crucified literally, he believes that Christ, the Eternal Son of God, was a person, because he is made mention of in Scripture as Him or He. He believes that he was bu- ried really in a grave, as another person, that he lay there three days, then rose again, and then ascended up in the sky, that he sits there at the right hand of God, &c. &c. 1 mention this merely as a specimen of the wisdom that emanates from corrupt nature. Satan, the carnal mind, that stands opposed to God, is enmity against God, for the carnal mind imagines that all the Scriptures stand in the same way. Tell him of miracles being per- formed, he believes that devils were cast out of men's bodies, and that the bodies of men were really healed by miracle, and every pulpit rings with this doctrine ; but it is the teaching of corrupt nature, Sa- tan* the, adversary. Now Zion was fully under this spirit at the first, and while he was under this influence, (he being appointed for this purpose, he was called the devil, and was Satan, the adversary of God, in reality, for a man bears the name of the spirit that governs him. So as Zion was the man appointed to manifest Satan in, (the end of the world being now come,) then he is really Satan, and there is no other Satan, but the evil spirit now come to its full for manifestation, this is the very man of sin, for as there was a time to manifest the Lord in human nature, so there must be a time when the Man of Sin is revealed ; therefore it is written, Jeremiah, 50 chap. 8 verse, " Re- move out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he-goat before the flocks. " — See also Ezekiel, 39 chap. 17 ver. to the 22nd. inclusive. See here in the 22nd. verse of this passage. " From that day and forward (that the goat was offered up for a sin offering,) that the Man of Sin was consumed, that then the house of Israel was to know that the Lord was their God." And what is the house of Israel, but Satan and the Lord in one body ! Satan makes a part of Christ, until the dividing of time comes. — See Genesis, 1 chap. 4 verse. " God saw the light that it was good, and God divided the light from the darkness." — Read part of the 5th verse. " God called the light day, and the darkness he called night;" that is, God saw that his Son Christ was that good that he promised to man in the end, and he saw that Satan was the darkness, which he would remove out of the way. But as the even- ing was, -and the morning was, the evening going before the morning, the darkness going before the light, so Satan goes before the Lord in man. And as it is said, God divided the light from the darkness, it means that when the end comes, that he separates the evil spirit from the soul, and when Satan is cast out, then is the temple of the soul made clean, for a dwelling place for the Lord ; then the darkness, or evil, takes its proper place, meaning that it goes behind, the evening goes no more before the morning, but each take their proper station, the confusion is brought into order. First, Christ, the morning, was made subject to sin and death, and was behind, for you see that m Genesis, that the evening is first, on purpose to shew us that Satan must go before ; but now in the redemption, Christ, the morning, has the pre-eminence, and the elder is subject to the younger. Now some say the Lord was counted a sinner merely, and that there- fore he is represented by the goat, but I take the liberty to tell you plainly that the Lord was not a sinner by mere imputation, but he was in reality the chief sinner, for it is not justice in God to demand a debt *o be paid by one that never owed, for nojust man would do this, but the Lord had an evil nature, and this evil nature was Satan him- self, or Beelzebub, the prince of devils, which often made him cry, whilst he sojourned in the wilderness of sin, " O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me from the body of this death! for I find a law, that when I would do good evil is present with me; and the good that 1 would do that I do not, but the evil which I hate that I do. Oh ! how much better i$ it with our good people than it was with 10 the Lord ; they can do good at any time as they think ! but the Lord was compelled to do that which his soul hated ; he had no power to do good, when he would, while Satan's power remained in him, for he was sold under sin, made subject to vanity. Oh ! but some will say, it was Paul who is meant here, that was sold under sin, &c. but stop, you are going a little too fast : no, for it is the Lord that is meant, and the experience as the experience of the Lord ; but it was put in mystery, that none could solve until the end, when Satan is east out of his strong hold, as it is written, " Now shall the prince of this world be cast out." See also Deut. chap. 32, v. 8, " When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, (viz. Christ and Satan, or Cain and Abel, if you please, it is just the same.) he set bounds of the people, according to the number of the children of Israel, the Lord's portion of his peo- ple, &c. Now here you are told plainly that the time should be when the Sons of Adam should be separated, the two that were at enmity, which was Satan and the Lord the Son, that these two spirits should struggle one with the other in the same womb, or in the same heart, like Esau and Jacob, in the womb of Rebecca, (which was the type of this,) 'till one got the victory. First then Satan got the victory over Christ, then the cock crowed, and Christ was denied, and death ensued. Death reigned sole monarch of the good ; but though a troop overcame Gad, (which was Christ,) yet he overcame at the last, to fulfil what is written, " He that overcometh shall inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he shall be my Son/' — See Revelations, 21 chap. 7 verse. So now pay particular attention to this, that now, as Christ the Light is exalted in the mind, the person that bears the light is the Son of God, because he has overcome himself, therefore it is said plainly, he shall be my Son. A man is reckoned accord ing to that spirit which governs him. If that which rules him is Satan, Satan is then made manifest in human flesh, for if Satan is divided against himself, and if he overcomes himself, then his king- dom cannot stand ; he puts off his Satanic nature, and puts on ano- ther, even the Lord Jesus Christ, so now Satan being under, and the Lord being exalted, the Lord is then made manifest in human flesh, reigning sole Lord and King of the human mind ; the man's name is Christ, because Christ is in him, whereas before he was named Satan, because he was led by the spirit, Satan. Now read the following- text, it will confirm you in the truth of this subject. — See 1 Ephe- sians. — John, 5 chap. 4 verse, " Whosoever is born of God over- cometh the world.'' Now by the world the Devil is meant ; he that overcomes is born of God, overcomes the Devil in himself, and is be- come Christ Jesus, for surely it is Christ alone is the Devil's master,, Again, the 5th verse. " Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Christ ?" And to believe nothing less is meant by believing, than putting on, or becoming Christ, for by a true faith I stand in him, as in my city of refuge. Whatever the Lord is, that I am ; there is no difference between the Lord and me, for it is written, " The disciple shall be as his Lord, and where 11 I am there shall my servant be also." — See Rev. chap. 2, verse % tf To him that overcometh, will I give of the tree of life." 11 ver* u He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death." 17 ver* <( To him that overcometh will I give to eat hidden manna." 26 ver. " To him that overcometh will I give power over nations." 3 Chap. 5 ver. " He that overcometh shall be clothed in white raiment." 12 ver. " Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of God." 21 ver. " To him that overcometh will 1 grant to sit with me in my throne." 21 Chap. 7 verse, " He that overcometh shall inherit all things. 1 will be his God." I think you must now see how error must take the lead of truth in the Revelation of Jesus Christ. How could he be revealed if he had not been concealed, and where was he concealed, but under Satan's garment ? Remove the veil then, and Christ appears, and the ene- mies we saw yesterday we see no more for ever. We have now taken away the vail, the garment that covered the Lord, by which was concealed the way of the Lord's appearing ; we now see the filthy garments taken from him, and a change of raiment given him, according to Zech. 3rd chap. " And he shewed me Joshua the High Priest, standing before the Angel of the Lord, (i. e. before the power of the Lord,) and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him, and the Lord said unto Satan, the Lord rebuke thee, O Satan, even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem, rebuke thee." Verse 3. " Now Joshua (or Jesus) was clothed with filthy garments, (i. e. the Satanic image,) and stood before the Angel, and he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, take away the filthy garments from him, and unto him he said behold I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of rai- ment." — Read on to the end of the Chapter. — Now the professing world imagine that Jesus was to be some strange person ; but no, he is one taken from among men, one that was covered with iniquity, a sinful person like all other men, but is the first taught the evil of sin, is the first that have seen sin to be exceeding sinful. All the world have seen sin to be exceeding good, fop it is sin to conjecture upon the word of God, because it is written, " Judge nothing before the time," but men will judge in opposition to what God has commanded, in this they have done wrong ; they have sinned against the Lord, and by the explanation that is here given, which is the truth of God, it does appear that all their judgment is wrong, and they would have well done had they waited until the Lord's appearing, for now they see that the Lord is come, he explains the Bible very different from the whole of them, for he gives it a meaning that never entered into the heart of man to conceive, for who could conceive that Jesus should be the Devil at first, and that he should have to learn obedi- ence by the things which he suffered, — that it was suffering that was to make him obedient ! — for take notice, he was disobedient before, as it is written, " Before I was afflicted 1 went astray/' I was a disobedient Son, but now, through the affliction, through the suffering, I haye learned thy statutes. 12 iScvv all tilings were good at the first, there was no evil at the be- ginning of the Creation, but Adam (or Zion) was in perfect innocence j he stood in the presence of God, like Joshua the High Priest stood before the Angel of the Lord : no sin, no sorrow troubled his mind, but as a beloved child would live with a tender father, so did Adam live with God in a state of innocence : his soul was the Garden of Eden, Paradise, as we call it, or a s*ate of happy llr^venly Idiotistn ; whether he was in the hjdy or out of the body he did wot knew ; he he was wrapped up in the Spirit, his own senses were suspended for a while, whilst heavenly joy and felicity reigned ; he knew God was his father from all eternity, and that from all eternity he was with him ; God and his angels were his immediate companions with whom he freely conversed, but from this happy state he fell by eating the forbidden fruit, which is man's wisdom upon the Scriptures. Seeist thou a man giving his opinion upon the Scriptures, without the mean- ing is revealed to him by God, that is the forbidden fruit, and that which men think so lightly of is an abomination with God, in this they sin, because they know not the Scriptures, nor the power of God, and yet will judge ; but by this Adam disobeyed, was thrust down to Hell, and became a devil ; but as all things were good at the first, so all things must become good at last, all things must return to the source from whence they were created, and must be clothed again with innocence and peace : judgment shall return unto victory, and by the way that death came into the world, by the same w T ay he is gone out of it, as it is written, " I will put my hook in his nose, and my bridle in hh jaws, and will t tin him back by the '< ih ' ' ]*4 iykn .'uelujab; Amen * I jomain, dear Fntnd, Tour Servant in the truth. ZION. Sherringj. Printer, Bristol.